Posts Tagged ‘X-Men’

satanic panicOne of the best horror magazines in the world is Fangoria and it’s probably one of the oldest ones out there currently. They are definitely mastering the Podcast game and now the iconic magazine is getting into the film realm and I have their latest film for you guys today. Today’s film is a horror comedy entitled Satanic Panic that was directed by Chelsea Stardust (All That We Destroy) and it stars Hayley Griffith (Five Years Later) as Pizza delivery girl Sam who is just trying to get a fresh start in life with this new job, but when things are panning out so farm, she agrees to take a run no one else will. What she doesn’t realize is that she is delivering pizza to a Satanic cult whose in a little bit of panic because they need a sacrifice to Baphomet and they’ve run out of options. The film also stars Rebecca Romijn (X-Men) as Danica Ross, Arden Myrin (Insatiable) as Gypsy Neumieir, Ruby Modine (Happy Death Day) as Judy Ross, AJ Bowen (You’re Next) as Duncan, Jordan Ladd (Death Proof) as Kim Larson, Jeff Daniel Phillips (3 From Hell) as Steve Larson, Jerry O’Connell (Stand By Me) as Samuel Ross, Hannah Stocking (Boo 2! A Madea Halloween) as Kristen Larson, Whitney Moore (House Of Demons) as Michelle Larson, and Skeeta Jenkins (Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich) as Mr. Styles.

satanic 3This was actually a very good film, I had a lot of fun watching it whether it be for the Satanic imagery or just the fun debacle scenes. What I mean by that are the scenes where their plans never go right and there is the comedy element to the horror. The film has kind of a fun look at how society really works because it must be Satanism as the reason for the rich staying rich and the poor continuing to be poor. It seems like a perfectly fine explanation to me as to how the hierarchy of society in the world works. I know you are expecting me to name Hayley Griffith and Ruby Modine as my MVP’s of the film and while they did an excellent job as the most unlikely on screen duo, the real star in my opinion was the always beautiful Rebecca Romijn who commands the screen with absolute confidence and that is why she is great. She had me absolutely sold that she was running the show the whole time with the Satanists. To be honest, there is not any bad acting from anyone in the film as everyone brings their a-game, they serve their purpose, and I got to love some of the kills like the giant screw strap on to the summoning of Baphomet himself. There is not a bad moment in this film as they keep you entertained the whole time and that is hard to do with a lot of horror films is my for attention not wander. I loved the writing, the cinematography, and I definitely loved the costumes. You definitely need to check this one out, I am giving the film an A for a final grade.

COMIC TITLE: Major X #2 (2019)
Brent Peeples– Artist
Rob Liefeld–Writer
April 17, 2019
Marvel Comics

IMG_4127This week in my opinion wasn’t really a strong week in comics as far as new series was concerned, but it was a good week if you were continuing to read an existing series. That was definitely the case for me this week and that is why I have chosen the second issue of the six issue miniseries entitled Major X which is written by legendary Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld and this issue was illustrated by Brent Peeples (Captain Kid). In the previous issue, we see Major X and Hank McCoy (Beast) jump back into the past where they target Cable, but they are met with resistance until Major X is finally able to explain why he is there. He comes from a place where Mutants live in unity, but all of that is threatened when an evil force looks to destroy it. After being able to fend off his world’s version of Deadpool named Dreadpool. In the second issue, we actually see how things played out and we find out that Major X is actually Cable’s son (Alexander Nathaniel Summers) from the future. With Cable’s help, they go to his lab to try and see if they can figure out what happened, but they are immediately met with a threat that they should have seen coming.

IMG_4126I really loved the first issue of the comic because there was so much action happening every where and I loved the way they worked the comic as it jumped from past to present at different times. Now as far as the second issue is concerned, it wasn’t a bad issue, but it didn’t feature the same kind of action as the first one as this was the issue where they show you what actually happened and it helps establish the potential threat. So, I understand all of that and I even like that they are potentially setting something up that could include Namor eventually (I hope anyways), but you’ll have to read the comic to find out what I am talking about. The artwork is great and it’s a different take as Liefeld drew the first issue, but chose to have Peeples do the second and he does not disappoint me at all. I definitely think the artwork is the strong suit of the comic, but things look like they are about to pick up in issue three which is what has hooked me in. So, I think it’s definitely safe to say that I’ll be back for more, but I want some controversy or a I didn’t see that coming in the next issue. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Fox-Disney-700x300One of the biggest megadeals was pulled off three days ago after much speculation that the Walt Disney Company was inquiring about purchasing some assets from Rupert Murdoch and his company Fox. Disney paid them 52.4 billion which means that the company that owns Star Wars, Marvel, ESPN, ABC, will now acquire 21ST Century Fox which includes 20TH Century Fox, 20TH Century Fox Television, any Fox owned cable networks (FX and National Geographic), as well as Fox’s 30 percent share in HULU. While the deal may seem insane, it is a huge power move for Disney who is essentially number one in films, but it powers them up with the number three company in film in Fox. Now if you need me to spell out what the company now owns, let me do that for you then. The company now owns the Alien franchise, Predator, The Fantastic Four, X-Men, Deadpool, Avatar, Ice Age, the Planet Of The Apes reboots, The Simpsons, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, How I Met Your Mother, FuturamaFirefly, and The X-Files. That is just the tip of the iceberg that the company now owns as they get ready to develop their own streaming service for the public.

thumb-1920-618647Now what I am most excited about when it comes to this deal are the possibilities as far as the MCU is concerned. They have already promised that Deadpool 2 would remain rated R, but just imagine what they can do moving forward with Phase 4 of the MCU. We know that Spider-Man 2 and Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 will be Phase four films, but there is not that much else that we do know and what a better time to add the X-Men and the Fantastic Four to the mix. Just think of all the characters that they will have access to moving forward and what kind of story lines that they’ll be able to explore as well. We have seen through three phases that the big boss villain at the end of it has been Thanos we get to fully meet him in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, but who is going to be that big boss villain moving forward after that? If you ask me, the next possible villain for it all could be the one and only true eater of worlds in Galactus. We could also stars introducing villains like Kang The Conqueror, Namor, and even some X-Men villains like Mister Sinister, Apocalypse (or at least do him justice), and Omega Red to name a few. As you can tell I am pretty excited for that aspect of the merger and the fact that all of the Xenomorphs are now Disney Princesses too. It remains to be seen what they will do with all this property and what the current films coming out will mean for Marvel (New Mutants and Dark Phoenix). Stay tuned and we will try to keep you updated!

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the brainEvery year for the last 15 years or so, Worcester, MA has hosted one of the coolest horror conventions I have ever been to in Rock and Shock which is actually underway this very weekend. One of the cool things about the con are the various vendors that are there besides the actors and actresses. The film I chose for today is one of the films that I purchased at last years Rock and Shock event in The Brain which I have been meaning to see for a while now. Jim Majelewski (Tom Bresnahan) is a normal teenager with a lot of potential, but the only problem is that he has a tiny bit of a wild side as in he likes to play pranks. With the recommendation of one of the teachers, he is sent to see Dr. Blake (David Gale) who is supposed to help Jim get over his wild ways, but there is something more sinister going on and it involves an alien life-form looking to brainwash the world. The only question now is can Jim stop them before it’s too late? The film also stars Cynthia Preston (Carrie 2013) as Janet, George Buza (X-Men) as Verna, Christine Kossak (3 Men And A Baby) as Vivian, Bret Pearson (Eyes Of Fire) as Willie, Kenneth McGregor (Cocktail) as Mr. Woods, and the film was directed by Ed Hunt (Bloody Birthday). 

b3As far as the film is concerned, there was a good attempt at having a decent horror film and I’ll give them props for trying. The story was really good and it was one that you could truly believe would happen (I don’t know I’m spitballing here). Just imagine an evil creep who is trying to take over the world by making you believe that you are an independent thinker, but in reality you’re really not. Then there is this kid who is about to expose everything you’ve done, but you have the whole town brainwashed anyways so it doesn’t matter. Does it sound good so far? I thought it did, but there are just some minor things that make the film cheesy in a way. Some of the acting in the film can be a little shaky, bu tit’s not bad overall. The brain is kind of where I have my issue with the film because it looks normal size inside of his bowl, but when he’s out an about he looks like a giant float that they are driving. Not to mention, the way he was eliminated was a little stupid if you ask me. You have to give David Gale (Reanimator) credit because the guy likes getting his head chopped or knocked off and he looks really good doing it. The movie isn’t terribly long and it doesn’t feel that way when you are watching it. I do want to say that the cinematography was very good and a true highlight of the film as well. If you can find this Canadian Horror classic, then check it out for yourself. I am going to give the film an C+ for a final grade.

X-Men_Days_of_Future_Past_posterThis is something new that we re going to try and attempt to do for boring Sundays and it’s called Super Sunday. On Super Sunday, we will review a different superhero film no matter if it’s attached to DC Comics or Marvel Comics or maybe it’s one outside of the system like The Watchman. For the first Super Sunday post, I wanted to start off with the latest film in the ever expanding X-Men series entitled X-Men: Days Of Future Past which sees our favorite team of mutants in the greatest battle of their lives. In this film, all mutants backs are against the wall thanks to the Sentinels, robots that were created to eradicate the world of all mutants. The only problem is that the Sentinels are eliminating humans as well as mutants and the X-Men along with Magneto (Ian McKellen) are desperate for a solution. Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) has the ability to send mutants back in time and so the X-Men send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time to stop an event in hopes that it will desperately change the future. The film stars James McAvoy (Trance) as Xavier, Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds) as Erik, Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) as Raven/Mystique, Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies) as Hank/Beast, Peter Dinklage (Game Of Thrones) as Dr. Trask, Daniel Cudmore (Twilight Saga: New Moon) as Colossus, Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation) as Professor Xavier, Josh Helman (Jack Reacher) as Major Bill Stryker, and the film featured the return of Bryan Singer as the director.

maxresdefaultThere are no other words that I can think of to best describe how I felt about this film other than the fact that I thought it was awesome and epic. This is definitely one of my favorite films in the whole entire series because it has everything you would want from one of these films from the drama, suspense, and a crap ton of action that is non stop. It was definitely weird seeing a lot of the characters die in the film multiple times because you would like to think they are invincible, but quite sadly their not. It was also cool to see them mix the old with the new when old Xavier confronts young Xavier in hopes to get hi to change his mind since he was a lost soul in the 1970’s. The cinematography in the film is amazing and of course the CGI is up to par in the film as well as the acting is as superb as it always is within the series. The writing for the film is what is truly amazing because they were able to create a monster story and everything worked and it was executed superbly. Maybe, we can credit the return of Bryan Singer as the reason for all of that or maybe it’s a combination of all the elements involved in the making of the film. What we now know is that Fox is gearing up to prepare us for X-Men: Apocalypse which is the next film before they give the rights back to Marvel, I can see why Marvel wants all their films back from the major companies, but Fox has done a pretty good job so far with the X-Men. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade because it was a step back in the right direction for Fox and Marvel.

Some news has emerged regarding the next film in the X-Men series titled X-Men: Apocalypse. It was revealed that in X-Men: Apocalypse that James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult were coming back to face the Marvel Universe’s deadliest foe in Apocalypse. The only question heading in was who was going to direct the next film and it was a question whose answer was cloudy for a while. Bryan Singer who directed most of the X-Men films including the last one X-Men: Days Of Future Past was in question due to sexual abuse charges that filed were against him before the release of the film and what saw him miss the publicity tour. Well, Fox has announced that Bryan Singer will indeed be back for this film which should have X-Men fans excited. Here is what the film could be about according to Screencrush.com:

So far, we know that Singer and his co-writers Simon Kinberg, Dan Harris and Mike Dougherty have been hard at work conceiving the story for ’X-Men: Apocalypse,’ which will take place in the ’80s and draw inspiration from the famous ‘Age of Apocalypse‘ arc from the comics. The film will focus primarily on the generation of Fassbender’s Magneto and McAvoy’s Professor X (the latter of which says he’ll likely go bald this time around), though the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse will also play a part, and Channing Tatum‘s Gambit will likely make an appearance of some kind. Deadline also reports that a younger Storm, Jean Grey and Cyclops will join the story, while Kinberg revealed on Yahoo that, should these characters (originally played by Halle Berry, Famke Janssen and James Marsden) be included in the script, they would have to recast them. 

The film is slated to be released into theaters on May 27, 2016 so stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.

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marvel_vs_dc_universe___fan_concept_by_soul_blade22-d7337k4-dc-vs-marvel-did-dc-bow-down-to-marvelThis arms race which Is what I am calling the battle for supremacy between DC Comics and Marvel Comics when it comes to the cinema is heating up. We all remember that for a very long time in the 80’s that DC was the serious hitter in the theaters with the Christopher Reeves Superman films and the Batman films of the early 90’s. For the most part all Marvel had going for them in the 80’s was The Incredible Hulk TV series with Lou Ferrigno. It wasn’t until Fox started doing the X-Men films and Sony doing the Spider-Man films that Marvel was taken serious in the Box Office. Yeah, they had some mishaps with the Hulk film, Daredevil (which was actually pretty decent), and the Elektra film, but right when Iron Man hit the theaters after that God awful Superman Returns film, Marvel started to take over and DC slowly fell behind. The only thing that was keeping DC afloat was the brilliant Christopher Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy while The Green Lantern was just God awful. Marvel kept it coming with both Thor films, both Captain America films, the first Avengers film, and now Guardians Of The Galaxy which has Marvel at the 7 Billion dollar mark. I will admit that DC started to get back into the game with The Man Of Steel film, but it seems now that the two prominent comic book companies are taking the battle to the tube. Marvel first stepped up to the plate with Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D while Arrow from DC was a smash hit for fans and it made sense. The show was definitely perfect as a television series rather than a film. In October, The CW will debut the brand new Flash series while fox debuts Gotham. Well, now we have more news for the battle of supremacy.

1411138630000-DCE-Supergirl-INT-v01-r01The other day, Fox had announced that they were indeed going to do the Deadpool film which had a lot of us comic book and Marvel fans excited. How did DC respond to that? Well, first they announced that they had green lighted a series for the only channel (CBS) without a superhero show as CBS will carry Supergirl. Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash) is going to be producing the show for Warner Brothers Television along with Ali Adler who is best known for her work with Glee, The New Normal, and No Ordinary Family (which was a short lived TV Series). It is said that they are going to be producing a pilot in hopes the network will order more episodes or else the network will face a hefty penalty as DC is not messing around when it comes to developing this TV Series. So, now at this point, we know that ABC has The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show, Arrow and The Flash are on CW, Fox has Gotham, and NBC has Constantine. We also know that next year ABC will place Agent Carter as a fill in for The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which the second season opens next week). The battle for supremacy is heating up, but there is more news to report.

suicide-squad-movie-david-ayer-dl-imageDC has also announced that they are going to green light the production of a Suicide Squad film. Do you not know who the Suicide Squad is? They are a team of super-villains that are given an opportunity at a lesser sentence if they go on suicide missions for the government. The team features lesser known super villains like Harley Quinn (The Joker’s girlfriend), Deathshot, and Deathstroke. The film is going to be made by David Ayer who recently directed the new Brad Pitt film that looks amazing in Fury. Even though nothing has been signed, sealed, and delivered on that, you have to think that this film could be an interesting watch with David Ayer at the helm. The man is best know for films like Suicide Kings, End Of Watch, and Sabotage which gives you a little bit of insight into how the film may look. The future of DC is looking bright as the company has already announced that Jason Momoa will star as Aquaman in a solo pic, Joesph Gordon-Levitt as Sandman, and Shazam which will feature Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Black Adam. I wanted to add one thing to this is that I would love to see some other comic book companies get films made like The Invisibles and many others.

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